Some Discussion about Designs that Work with the Universe
|Designs That Work With the
Universe. While I'm on these topics, that hopefully some
junior and senior system designers find interesting, I want to get into
another set of issues regarding how homo nish (supposedly) sapiens relates to this
universe. As usual, I will ramble quite a bit, but hopefully the
rambling will get to some things of importance.
While I think that "designs that work with the universe" is a very broad category of issues I am going to focus more on some energy aspects. I can think of a multiplicity of tangents I could address just about energy sources and their uses by humans. But I want to limit my discussion at least somewhat so, for smallish example,
Now I want to get to what I'm really interested in doing more with. Though again, this is a relatively limited presentation. Before I get rambling I want to give a couple links. One of the biggest and most general sources related to this is the DOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This source has a perspective on a lot of these issues and gets into far more depth and breadth than I will in this page.
But, at present, I want to focus on one particular form of energy in order to start illustrating some general issues about designs that work with the universe. Geothermal energy can be used in many more ways than most people are familiar with. A very good link is sourced by the GEO - Geothermal Education Office.
Have you ever toured some caverns, for example maybe in Kentucky USA, Virginia USA or Belgium? One of the things they are likely to tell you as you start the tour is that the air stays at a pretty constant temperature year around, pretty much regardless of the season or climate. The temperature is likely to be in the 55°F ~ 13°C range (pardon my approximations). This is primarily due to geothermal energy.
It is relatively inexpensive and unobtrusive to the overall environment to make use of geothermal heat pumps to transfer this temperature to radiant in-floor heating/cooling or even forced air heating/cooling. Any other temperature adjustments that are required can then be relative to this 55°F ~ 13°C range rather than the outside temperature or other influences. Now, how this is actually implemented involves much more detail than I want to get into for this very general discussion of basic principles. But I consider this to be a very good example of how something quite ubiquitous can be used for needs that have become fairly ubiquitous.
Why I'm blabbering about this is to make sure that people that found this page interesting enough to read this far are at least familiar with such basic concepts. There are an awful lot of upsides to such approaches with much much smaller downsides! There should also be some exceptional business potential for many such work with the universe designs.